Kent R. Riopelle, PhD, MSc, EDAC
Executive Lead

Kent brings a wide range of professional experience to his work, which focuses on pre-design planning—bridging the gap between operations and facility planning and design. Highly valued for his interpersonal skills, he helps healthcare systems visualize and optimize workflow in complex environments. With deep expertise in health services planning, clinical workflow redesign, hospital functional planning, facility processes redesign, lean healthcare planning, organizational and change management, and process and quality improvement, Kent leads healthcare organizations through the process of developing work spaces that meet their operational goals. Prior to joining Blue Cottage, Kent was a process improvement consultant with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in Vancouver, where he led new and improved healthcare processes across eight agencies. Kent received his Doctorate of Science degree in Medical Systems Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, his Master of Science degree in Systems Ergonomics from Loughborough University in Loughborough, UK, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences. Kent received his Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification from the Center for Health Design.

Kent's Latest Entries

Kent Riopelle and Kevin Allard will present “Right Sizing the OR: Why Process Improvement Matters” at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2019, taking place February 20-22, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. — About HSPI Conference – Learn More –


Juliet Rogers (moderator) and Julia Ingram Fetzer will present “The IPMO Model: Multi-Firm Collaboration for Healthcare Projects” on October 10 at 8:30 am CT, with Kris Gaw, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Maricopa Integrated Health System; – Learn More –


Attending from Blue Cottage will be Kent Riopelle and Kevin Allard.  — About HLTH — We’re creating an all-inclusive, long overdue forum for the healthcare ecosystem: A place where the ‘hard’ conversations take place and – Learn More –

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